MLB Free Agency: 5 Rumors We Most Hope Come True
With all of the MLB free agents on the market this winter, there will be a number of rumors connecting them to new teams. Many of them will prove to be fiction, but some of the rumors will have merit.
There are some player and team pairings that would be great for fans around the league. Sure, everyone does not want some of these rumors come true, but others will find them very interesting.
The following rumors are ones that we hope to see come true for a variety of reasons, such as giving a veteran player a shot to get his first World Series ring.
Mariano Rivera Returning to the New York Yankees
Mariano Rivera has spent his entire professional career with the New York Yankees and is considered one of the legends in the franchise's dominant history.
After tearing his ACL early in the 2012 season, Rivera has declared that he wants to pitch once again (h/t ESPN).
The Yankees are the only option for him and the two sides should be able to come to a mutually beneficial agreement.
Jason Bay Goes to the Boston Red Sox
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After the Boston Red Sox traded for Jason Bay in the middle of the 2008 season, he put up solid numbers for the team over the next year-and-a-half. In 2009, he hit 36 homers and drove in 119 runs.
Now that Jason Bay has been released by the New York Mets after three abysmal seasons, the Red Sox have an interest in a reunion according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Considering the fact that Bay has previously felt comfortable playing in Boston, this is a good move for both sides and would give the outfielder a chance to turn his career around.
Melky Cabrera to the New York Mets
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The New York Mets have been full of problems over the last few seasons and they might not be big spenders this offseason. It is hard to improve their team without spending a lot of cash.
Taking a risk on Melky Cabrera would be a good move for the Mets, who are currently in need of outfield help. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has suggested that the Mets could pursue Cabrera this winter.
New York has yet to go after Cabrera according to Sherman. That could change as other outfielders start to sign and the Mets are able to get a better feel for the market.
Dan Haren to the San Diego Padres
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While the San Diego Padres have some impressive talent on their roster, one of the reasons that they finished under .500 last season was because they didn't have an ace to lead their pitching staff.
Dan Haren has hit the free-agent market this winter, and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports spoke with one executive who believed that the starter would sign with San Diego because he wants to stay out West.
Signing the California native is a move that could really help invigorate the Padres and help them become a contender for a wild-card spot in 2013.
Josh Hamilton to the Philadelphia Phillies
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Josh Hamilton is one of the premier power hitters in baseball and fans should want to see him play in a stadium in which he could launch a number of bombs. Citizens' Bank Park would allow him to potentially have a 50-plus home run season.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports spoke with Phillies owner Dave Montgomery, who hinted that the Phillies are interested in Hamilton. The former MVP would fill the big hole in the Phillies outfield and make the team a much stronger contender in the National League East.